OPB | April 13, 2015
Oregon has had a long history of discriminating against African Americans. Find out how Portland’s black community fought entrenched institutional racism during the 1960s and '70s.
OPB | May 18, 2015
The Chinese in late 1800s America were highly discriminated against. Two Chinese men, herbal doctor Ing "Doc" Hay and businessman Lung On, managed to make themselves indispensable to white and Chinese societies in the central Oregon town of John Day.
OPB | May 11, 2015
In the 1920s, blacks and whites lived and worked in Maxville, a small logging community in northeast Oregon. Find out how one African-American logger’s daughter learned about the vanished town’s history.
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Jefferson is a remote area in northern California and southern Oregon, rich in natural resources. Feeling forgotten by both states’ governments, the citizens grew frustrated over poor infrastructure and impassable roads. Find out how Gilbert Gable, mayor of Port Orford, initiated the area’s most famous secessionist movement.
Oregon women won the right to vote and serve on juries in 1912, eight years before those rights became federal law. Find out how activist Abigail Scott Duniway championed women’s causes for more than 40 years.
In the early 1900s, violinist Mary Dodge first started teaching music to the children of Harney County. Find out how she formed the Sagebrush Symphony, which would tour Eastern Oregon, visit Portland and Salem, and become the precursor of the Portland Youth Philharmonic.
When you're involved with public media, either as an employee or a member, you tend to own a lot of mugs. At OPB, each desk has at least one cup for morning coffee or afternoon tea, and we were sure our audience had plenty of mugs of their own to share.
Lola G. Baldwin was the nation’s first municipal policewoman, sworn in by Portland’s police department in 1908. Find out how she crusaded to prevent vulnerable young women from falling into lives of crime.
In the 19th century, Portland’s waterfront had an international reputation for vice and violence. It was also the setting for much of the folklore about the city. Find out more about the legends of Portland's past.
Beatrice Morrow Cannady came to Portland in 1912 and soon after launched a 25-year career as a bold, committed civil rights leader. Find out how she fought to secure rights and protections for the city’s 1,500 African Americans.
The railroad helped build the West, with new towns sprouting up along the railways. Outlaws quickly learned there was a formula to staging a successful train robbery. The DeAutremont brothers decided to follow in the footsteps of their outlaw heroes, like Jesse James, with disastrous consequences.
In 1923, three brothers tried to rob a train as it crossed the Siskiyou Mountains in Southern Oregon. Find out how they bungled the job horrifically, resulting in death, destruction and infamy.
The Portland-based artist hopes to forge a connection between her work and her audience with striking drawings that often focus on multiracial and multicultural women.
World War II affected the way of life for many Oregonians. Young men became soldiers, and citizens did everything they could to aid the war effort, from joining civil militias to conserving bacon fat. Find out more about wartime life in Oregon.
Tom McCall was possibly Oregon’s most productive governor, serving from 1967 to 1975. Find out how his bold achievements protected the state’s unique quality of life and values.
Photographer Motoya Nakamura's new exhibit features 12 images of cherry trees that are planted at the Japanese American Historical Plaza and Bill of Rights Memorial in downtown Portland's Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
When photographer Jock Bradley’s sister died from ovarian cancer last year, his grief and experience dealing with her illness led to the birth of a new art project.
Oregon Experience Producer Eric Cain was intrigued by this photo of a logger on a train. Find out what his sleuthing revealed about where and when the photo was taken, as well as what was taking place in the picture.